Happy Friday, y’all! It’s time to take another look back at one of the best WTF? moments in pop culture. Today we travel back to 1990 for one of the most scandalous moments in music history:
Oh yeah, I’m talking about Milli Vanilli. In the late ’80s, the German duo (Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan) were tearing up the charts with bubbly pop songs like “Girl You Know It’s True” and “Blame it on the Rain.” And in 1990, their star status reached its peak when they were awarded the “Best New Artist” award at the Grammys. Then it all came crashing down.
The first hint of trouble came during a concert in Connecticut, where the recording of “Girl You Know it’s True” skipped, making it evident the guys were lip syncing. But as most people know, artists regularly lip sync their music during concerts, so most of the fans didn’t think much of it. But the episode had some critics suggesting something was up. Then the shit really hit the fan after the two won their Grammy. Then, producer Frank Farian revealed that the two men were professional lip-synchers and hadn’t sung one note on their chart-topping debut album. The duo were stripped of their Grammy and never found musical success again.
But, the story doesn’t end there. Sadly, in 1998, Pilatus overdosed in an apparent suicide. Morvan faired better, working in radio and releasing his own solo album in 2003.
Have a good weekend, everyone!